We got our start thanks to the original SCRAP, started in Portland, OR in 1998 by teachers who couldn't bear to throw away good art supplies from the school year. Not only have they been going strong ever since, but they now sponsor us, SCRAP-TC in Traverse City, MI and SCRAP-Denton, in Denton, TX, with more to follow!
Wherever you live, you can find your local freecycle list, Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Habitat For Humanity's ReStore resale outlets.
Also check out these resources for DC, MD, and VA, plus these local friends keeping our landfills a lot less full:
- Bits of Thread Sewing Studio, in Adams Morgan, offers such a range of services, from group classes, individual private lessons, all sorts of supplies, advice AND outreach activities that assist worthy populations within and around Greater DC. Join their monthly gatherings -- free! -- at DC Threads Sewing Lounge. Or learn about Stitchin' For Change and other ways they're helping local hospitals and shelters. Sales of their fabric and notions will benefit SCRAP, too, all while saving city residents the hassle of having to shop in the suburbs for these items. Now open Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
- Community Forklift -- for surplus, salvaged & green building materials
- The Loading Dock -- very like CF, above, but it's in Baltimore. It's also the first nonprofit of its kind in the country, and its website alone is a great resource.
- Sun Services is a green construction services & recycling company
- Think Outside the Store, in Silver Spring, MD, helps you re-fashion your current clothing or teaches you to create new items, from clothes to jewelry and even puppets.
- A Wider Circle is the best destination for your gently-used furniture
- A World Without Waste is run by friends who have been referring you our way as they reclaim and restore household goods. They also offer professional organizing services.
Looking for comprehensive lists of reuse groups? Click here for a very handy grid. In Montgomery County, MD, there's the "Use It Again" Database and now My Green Montgomery. Please refer us to other such links and we'll list them here.
Want another SCRAP-DC? :^) For the same general idea, there's this awesome directory.
If you're closer to Alexandria, VA than to us, why not work with UpCycle Creative Reuse?
Here are two more reuse sites that get pretty specific: if you're wondering what to do with a spare wedding dress, click on over to Donate My Wedding Dress, where they've got a collection of links letting you decide exactly who gets the donation. Then there's the National Odd Shoe Exchange, because some folks only need a single shoe. The Odd Shoe registry may have something available, and they'll certainly accept surplus footwear (which means new, never-worn and undamaged items) to pass along.
Then see these sites for all manner of Do-It-Yourself projects. Learn to salvage items you already have or turn someone else's "trash" into your "treasure:"